The easiest way to make interesting and unique jewelry is to use uncommon materials. One source of materials that often goes overlooked is a computer. Inside a computer you can find a wide array of objects that can make a compelling piece of jewelry. Since computers are constantly updating, it is usually easy to find old hardware to take apart. Also each computer that you disassemble will likely have different parts that you can use.
In this instructable, I am going to show you the basic steps of how to turn computer parts into jewelry.
Step 1: Useful Tools
Jewelry making is much easier if you have the appropriate tools. Here are a few tools that are particularly useful when making jewelry from computer parts.
Screw Driver Set
The parts of a computer are useless if you can't get to them. When opening up a computer you will need a wide variety of screw drivers. Most fasteners on a computer will have a Phillips head. However, a hard drive will often have special security fasteners such as torx (star) heads. This may require a security bit set.
Occasionally you will need to remove a part or two. The easiest way to cleanly remove electrical parts from a circuit board is use a soldering iron to de-solder them. If you want, you can also use a solder sucker or solder wick to help remove any excess solder.
Needle Nose Pliers
Electrical parts can be very small and difficult to handle. So I recommend using needle nose pliers when working with them. The teeth of a pair of pliers can easily dent or scratch an object. So if you do not have toothless needle nose pliers, you should wrap the teeth with tape.
To cut wires from a component, you will want a pair of wire cutters. Wire cutters with a small tip are much easier to work with is the narrow spaces of a computer. In a pinch you can also use a small pair of scissors.
When making jewelry, you often need to drill holes for chains or jump rings. Unfortunately a power drill is extremely difficult to make precise holes with. So I recommend using a hand drill. With this tool you manually turn the bit to cut the hole. This process is slower but you have much more control. If you don't have a hand drill, you can wrap a drill bit in tape to make it easier to handle.
Anything that you will be wearing as jewelry needs to have a smooth edge. So it is always a good idea to round off any rough edges with a fine toothed file. Files also let you do precise shaping of a piece.
Jeweler's Saw (or Coping Saw)
Computer parts can be fragile. So if you need to cut them, you should use a fine toothed saw such as a jeweler's saw or a coping saw. This kind of saw leaves a much smoother edge that is easier to finish.